Jazz Ukulele - Lessons

Yes! You can play jazz on a ukulele!!!

All available lessons tagged with the subject of Jazz.

Altered Seventh Chords on `Ukulele

Beyond basic open position chords, basic movable form chords and a core set of 4-part chords.

Core Chords - The Big Six - Building a Solid Chord Foundation

Core Chords is a series of lessons for building your core, essential 4-part chords.

Exploring Jazz ``Ukulele

Wikipedia defines Jazz as a musical art form which originated at the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States from a confluence of African and European music traditions.

Six Essential Scales for `Ukulele

The six essential scales are: Blues, Major Pentatonic, Mixolydian, Dorian, Aeolian, and Ionian.

Diminished Scale for `Ukulele - C Tuning

The Diminished Scale scale is a symmetrical scale with a repeating pattern of whole steps and half steps.

Whole Tone Scale for `Ukulele - C Tuning

The Whole Tone scale is a symmetrical scale with an equal distance been each note or scale degree.

Upper Partial Chord Tones

Upper Partials or extensions are the 9th, 11th, and 13ths of a chord.

What is the different between a Scale and a Mode?

The term scale and mode are used interchangeably, and in a strict theory sense, there is a big difference between a scale and a mode or modal scale.

Classic Endings for `Ukulele

Two Feel, bVImaj7 bIImaj7, Basie Ending, Single, Double and Triple Tags, Chromatic, Take 'A' Train Ending, Shave and a Hair Cut, Lawrence Welk Ending.

Exploring Improvisation on `Ukulele Using Tetrachords

Traditionally, a tetrachord is a series of four tones filling in the interval of a perfect fourth.

Creating Introductions and Turnarounds for `Ukulele

Introductions are a composed or improvised pieces of music that introduce - sets the stage for - a song or composition.

Alternate Fingerings for F7

Alternate fingerings for F7 in C tuning.

The Harmonized Major and Minor Scale Charts

The Major Scale or Ionian scale is a diatonic scale, made up of seven distinct notes, plus an eighth which duplicates the first one octave higher.

Transposing Individual `Ukulele Chords

Transposition is the process of moving a note, chord, scale or any musical passage from one key to another key.

Practice Cycles and Sequences

Sequences and cycles for practicing scales, intervals, melodic sequences and arpeggios.

Exploring Core Chords on Guitar using Strings 1 2 3 4 and C Blues

Using chord Voice Leading principles we will explore all 4 voicings of core seventh chords using string family 1 2 3 4 chords.

Naming Chords on `Ukulele

A Chord can have alternate names based on how it is being used.

Creating Cool `Ukulele Chords

Cool Chords - These are the chords do not typically show up in chord dictionaries or song books.

Cool `Ukulele Chords - G7

A non-traditional fingering for the G7 chord using the knowledge that the notes of a G7 chord are G B D F.

Core Chords - Creating the Big Six from F7, 4th Voicing

Taking a movable F7 chord, you can derive each of the Big Six essential chords.

Core Chords - Creating the Big Six from F7, 3rd Voicing

Taking a movable F7 chord, you can derive each of the Big Six essential chords.

Core Chords - Creating the Big Six from F7, 1st Voicing

Taking a movable F7 chord, you can derive each of the Big Six essential chords.

Core Chords - Creating the Big Six from F7, 2nd Voicing

Taking a movable F7 chord, you can derive each of the Big Six essential chords.

Essential Jazz Scales for `Ukulele

After you mastering the six essentials scales below and start to explore more advanced styles of music, especially jazz.

The Big Six Core Chords - F6, Four Voicings

Level II of The Big Six Core Chords F6, four voicings.

Exploring Jazz Chords on `Ukulele, Standard Example - All of Me

Using the jazz standard ** All of Me** to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on `Ukulele, Standard Example - All of Me

Using the jazz standard All of Me to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on `Ukulele, Standard Example - Autumn Leaves

Using the jazz standard Autumn Leaves to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - All the Things You Are

Using the jazz standard All the Things You Are to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - The Days of Wine and Roses

Using the jazz standard The Days of Wine and Roses to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - There Will Never Be Another You

Using the jazz standard There Will Never Be Another You to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Back Home in Indiana

Using the jazz standard Back Home in Indiana to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Someday My Prince Will Come

Using the jazz standard Someday My Prince Will Come to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Have You Met Miss Jones

Using the jazz standard Have You Met Miss Jones to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Summer Samba

Using the jazz standard Summer Samba to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Sweet Georgia Brown

Using the jazz standard Sweet Georgia Brown to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Sweet Georgia Brown

A variation of the previous lessons using the jazz standard Sweet Georgia Brown to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Yesterday

Using the jazz standard Yesterday to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - It's Only a Paper Moon

Using the jazz standard It's Only a Paper Moon to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Take the A Train

Using the jazz standard Take the A Train to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Satin Doll

Using the jazz standard Satin Doll to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Satin Doll

Using the jazz standard Satin Doll to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

The Big Six Core Chords - Fm6, Four Vocings

Level II of The Big Six Core Chords - Fm6, four voicings.

4-Part Movable 7th Chord Forms

Based on the open position seventh chords.

The Big Six Core Chords - F7, four voicings, Chord Intervals

The Big Six Core Chords - F7, four voicings.

The Big Six Core Chords - F7, four voicings - Chord Tones

The Big Six Core Chords - F7, four voicings.

The Big Six Core Chords - F7, Four Voicings, Learning Process

The Big Six Core Chords - F7, four voicings.

Core Chords for Ukulele - Diminished Major Seventh, Four Voicings

A rare chord, a diminished triad with a major seventh.

4-part Contemporary Chords, a.k.a. Jazz Chords

Core Chords is a series of lessons for building your 4-part chords.

Dominant Seventh Chords?

Not all seventh chords are actually "dominant" seventh chords.

Core Chords - Building a Solid Foundation of Contemporary Chords

Core Chords are a concept that I typically apply to 4-part chords and your more contemporary modern chords.

Tetrachords: Lydian (1 2 3 #4)

Traditionally, a tetrachord is a series of four tones filling in the interval of a perfect fourth.

Building a Solid Jazz Chord Foundation for `Ukulele

Commonly called jazz chords, these more sophisticated, contemporary chord voicings find their way into a wide variety of music forms and styles.

Secondary Dominant V of ...

A Secondary Dominant chord is defined as any seventh chord built on a scale root that is not diatonic to the key that resolves up a perfect fourth or down a perfect fifth to a full diatonic chord.

The Big Six Core Chords - Level I

The Big Six chords include: Seventh 7, Major Seventh maj7, Minor Seventh m7, Half Diminished Seventh or Minor Seven Flat Five diminished 7 m7b5, Diminished Seventh o7 and Augmented Seventh +7.

The Big Six Core Chords - Fmaj7, Four Voicings

The Big Six Core Chords, Level I - Fmaj7, four voicings.

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